1st March 2018
After winning a competitive tender in May 2017 to train apprentices on behalf of SIAC (Science Industries Apprentices Consortium), HETA (Humberside Engineering Training Association) is already anticipating a high demand for places on this groundbreaking scheme as it prepares for its second intake in September.
Defining the standard
SIAC comprises a number of significant manufacturing companies operating across the Humber region. Individually, each organisation only has a small requirement for apprentices. However, working as a collective enables SIAC to recruit a full cohort of 30-40 learners, trained to its own industry-developed apprenticeship standard.
The Science Industries apprenticeship will enhance employability and progression opportunities for HETA trainees entering the engineering profession. SIAC businesses will also have the reassurance of knowing that future recruits are trained to the same level regardless of where they completed their qualification.
“The consensus is that the enthusiasm and work ethic of the apprentices on the programme has been a real testament to the training HETA is providing,” says VPI’s Operations Coordinator Rob Fenner. “The skills it’s delivering on behalf of SIAC, will certainly prepare participants for the world of industry.”
Standardised training through the Science Industries apprenticeship programme developed in partnership with HETA, will represent a fundamental change in how the SIAC companies will recruit their future manufacturing, process and analytical engineers.
“This apprenticeship will now be the primary route in for any young person with an ambition to work for a leading chemical manufacturing company in the region,” explains Vivergo Fuels’ Training and Competency Lead Philip Wilkinson. “It will also present them with a distinct advantage when it comes to progressing their engineering careers.”
A popular choice
HETA is reporting a significant increase in student recruitment figures compared to this point last year, which means that potential applicants should consider their options early. The introduction of the new standards, which enable apprenticeship progammes to be created directly by the industry, are proving attractive to learners looking for practical choices that enhance their future employment opportunities.
HETA’s Operations Manager Matt Gardner says: “With the Science Industries apprenticeship standard, we have seen a significant shift towards an increase in practical training. When our first cohort leaves us in the summer to join their respective companies, it will be one of the best prepared groups to start making a meaningful contribution with immediate effect.”
This is strongly reflected by the feedback that HETA has received from current students. Science Industries apprentice John Patrick says: “When I applied to HETA, I had a picture in my mind that there would be a lot of practical work and I have not been disappointed. I feel the workshop training and support I have received from my tutors is really preparing me for joining Vivergo Fuels in the summer. I’m looking forward to getting started.”
Find out more about the Science Industries apprenticeships delivered by HETA at one of its open evenings: https://www.heta.co.uk/apprent...-dates-open-days.